Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Baja-style Mexican food
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Franchise 500 2023
2023 Franchise 500 Rank
#487 Ranked #339 last year
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Initial investment
$371K - $1.2M
Units as of 2022
137 arrow down 6% over 3 years

In 2003, father and son duo Alan and Chuck Bush bought Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Fort Worth, Texas. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop specializes in tantalizing Baja-style Mexican cuisine, including tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, grilled sandwiches, salads and breakfast dishes. By 2009, the restaurateurs saw an opportunity for national expansion and began franchising.

From its humble beginnings, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop grew into a nationally recognized brand offering customers tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. With locations in states across the U.S., Fuzzy's Taco Shop is a notable restaurant brand that is trying to make "taco heaven" a reality.

Why You May Want to Start a Fuzzy's Taco Shop Franchise

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop promotes independence among franchisees. The company expects all franchisees to maintain and uphold the brand's image. However, franchisees may tailor their shops to fit their local communities. This gives each shop a unique character. 

Being one-of-a-kind and yet grounded in branding reflects the brand's overall attitude: "business in the back and party in the front." An ideal candidate is an individual who appreciates good food, quality service, and growth, all in a colorful and "chilled-out" environment. 

As a franchisee, you may find satisfaction seeing customers enjoy their meal on the patio with their kids coloring at the table. By running a Fuzzy's Taco Shop franchise, you may add joy, a sense of togetherness, and flavor to your community.

What Might Make Fuzzy's Taco Shop a Good Choice?

Mexican-inspired fast-casual restaurants are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S. Customers are seeking higher quality and healthier food options than those sold by fast-food restaurants. Being a Fuzzy's Taco Shop franchisee may be a great opportunity to tap into this market shift. Fuzzy's Taco Shop offers menu items that a franchisee might expect from Mexican fast-casual dining, while also including the option for frozen margaritas.

Franchisees may benefit from exclusive territory rights and the opportunity to create original menu items. Called "Manager Specials," franchisees must use Fuzzy TacoShop-approved ingredients and go through an approval process to add their creation to the menu. 

Between a uniquely tailored shop design and the ability to experiment beyond the brand's menu, franchisees may turn their franchise into something that fits their unique tastes and personality. 

How Do You Open a Fuzzy's Taco Shop Franchise?

To open a Fuzzy's Taco Shop franchise, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the business and your local area to see if a franchise would do well in your community. You must choose your location, but Fuzzy's Taco Shop will assist. 

Since your contract lasts ten years, take time to assess your passion for being in the restaurant industry. This especially holds importance if you have no prior restaurant experience. You may find owning a restaurant to be more rigorous than you initially thought. Take the opportunity to speak with other franchisees and learn about their experiences.

If Fuzzy's Taco Shop approves of you as a franchisee, you will undergo training. Training includes a few dozen hours of classroom training, over 200 hours of on-the-job training, and additional training held at company-owned stores. Soon enough, you'll be able to create your slice of "taco heaven" in a store that is as chill as its margaritas.

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Company Overview

About Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Related Categories
Mexican Food
Parent Company
NRD Capital
Paul Damico, CEO
Corporate Address
4200 Regent Blvd.
Irving, TX 75063

Business Overview

Franchising Since
2009 (2023-2009 years)
# of employees at HQ
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchisees throughout the US.

# of Units
137 (as of 2022)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Fuzzy's Taco Shop franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee Information Circle
$30,000 - $40,000
Initial Investment Information Circle
$370,500 - $1,224,600
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
$300,000 - $500,000
Cash Requirement Information Circle
$150,000 - $300,000
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
$5,000 off franchise fee
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Term of Agreement Information Circle
10 years
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Financing Options

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Third Party Financing
Fuzzy's Taco Shop has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
188 hours
Classroom Training
12 hours
Ongoing Support
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


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Updated: December 12th, 2022